European Standards Organisations

European Standards Organisations develop standards over the European continent, under this name operate the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). These organisations cover the soon-to-be 28 European Union member states and includes states from the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) plus Macedonia and Turkey. Transposition of CEN/CENELEC standards into national standards is mandatory to the member states of these regional standards organisations.

European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) established a Technical Committee devoted to Nanotechnologies (CEN/TC 352 'Nanotechnologies') in 2005. CEN/TC 352 is currently under the secretary of the French Standardisation Agency (AFNOR) has three Working Groups:

  • WG1 Measurement, characterization and performance evaluation
  • WG2 Commercial and other stakeholder aspects 
  • WG3 Health, safety and environmental aspects

You can follow this link to the full catalogue of published standards of CEN/TC 352 and this link to the current standards under development.

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) focuses on electrotechnical matters. CLC/SR 113 is CENELEC's technical body on "Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronics products and systems".


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Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including:

JRC report 'NanoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials' published

NIA welcomes publication of the JRC Science for Policy Report 'NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials'.
The comprehensive report was co-authored by NIA's David Carlander from the collaborative work within the NANoREG project "A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials", funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme.